The UFC’s undefeated women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey said she can afford to be selfish and that she is “willing to die” when she fights Sara McMann at UFC 170 on Saturday night.
Rousey, 8-0, is one of the UFC’s brightest stars. She has appeared unbeatable in her career till now, but facing a fellow Olympian, McMann (holds a silver medal in wrestling) with a 7-0 record looks like the athlete that could possibly break Rousey’s winning streak.
But in an interview with USA Today Rousey claimed her desire to win is fueled by her selfishness. While the concept may not come as a surprise to many who know Rousey as a determined and extreme personality, the logic she uses in her comparison to McMann may appear somewhat distorted and possibly even disturbing to some.
“I can tell that this title is not as important to her as it is to me,” Rousey said. “She has a kid at home, and she has to go home to that kid. I can afford to be selfish, where she can’t. I’m willing to die in there, and she can’t.”
Rousey has finished all of her opponents by first round arm bar submission with exception for Miesha Tate who took Rousey into the third round before succumbing to her unbeatable armbar.
Rousey is strong, fast and wicked inside the cage. No opponent has been able to beat her yet, but is her selfish desire enough to keep her going or will it be her undoing?
McMann certainly has the wrestling credentials to frustrate Rousey during a fight, but betting on the possible fact that she may feel she has more to live for than Rousey, not willing to risk ‘death’ in the cage, as the deciding factor for a victory may not be a winning strategy for the undefeated Bantamweight champion.
Rousey went on to say she’s looking forward to a great fight with McMann.
“On paper, she’s an amazing athlete, and athletically you could say we’re very close to equals, and that’s why people are so excited about this fight,” Rousey said. “But I think that I’m more of a fighter than she is.”
Little has been heard from McMann in the press though she has stated she’s comfortable leaving the spotlight to Rousey. Her humility is likely to be interpreted as fear by some and confidence by others.
As has been said many times, “anything can happen in the octagon” and we will be watching to see which of these excellent athletes comes out victorious this weekend.
UFC 170,scheduled for this Saturday, will be headlined by Rousey vs. McMann and Cormier vs. Cummins for the co-main event.